Welcome to the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area.

We are a loving collection of congregations committed to working together in unity and living out our calling as disciples of Christ.


 
 
 
 
  

Nothing will bring George Floyd back. Nothing will undo the trauma to his family or to our wider community -- especially to our Black friends, family, and colleagues.

Consequences matter, but let us not mistake a verdict for God’s liberative justice. 

While Derek Chauvin will have consequences for this soul-stealing act, we pray that our community does not mistake this moment as “the conclusion” to a deeply painful and contentious year. The work of justice-seeking is wider than one trial alone; it must be part of our lifelong daily spiritual practice. 

The truth is that we are still at the beginning of a journey as a community -- one to which people of color have been calling us for over 500 years. In particular today, we look to the long history of Black resilience, resistance, joy, wisdom, holy outrage and wholeness as testimony, teaching, and call to action.

Siblings, we are living through an era of reckoning with a long and painful history in Minnesota that dates back to before its founding and which has allowed the conditions for racist violence to flourish.

As a majority-white presbytery, our particular journey is one of asking ourselves hard questions about our own systems, as well as our complicity in the brutal systems in our communities, and committing ourselves to the work of eradicating them.

So let’s not stop now. Let’s move beyond a Minnesota “Nice” that likes things comfortable, polite and quiet, toward being a Minnesota willing to get real about our deep issues and engage in powerful conversations. As Christians, we look to the kin-dom of God while also striving to reimagine community systems, led by the vision of the gospel and anti-racist people of color, so that we might embody peace and wholeness now. 

Dreams of a better way to live together may seem audacious at this painful moment in our common lives, but we worship a God who does powerful, audacious things. So we hold onto this hope, a fire that burns in our souls, unsettling us from our previous ways and fueling our conviction as we move forward.

Jean Emmons, Moderator of the PTCA

Greg Bolt, Vice Moderator

Diana Barber and Jamie Schultz, co-chairs, Presbytery Leadership Team (PLT)

Barbara Lutter, Stated Clerk

Jeff Japinga, Executive Presbyter

Steve Robertson, Treasurer

Kendra Grams, chair, PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force (ARTF)

Anna Kendig Flores, PTCA Anti-Racism Coordinator

 


THE PRESBYTERY WILL SOON LAUNCH A NEW WEBSITE! WE HOPE TO BE ONLINE BY THE END OF APRIL 2021. IF YOU CANNOT EASILY ACCESS THIS WEBSITE, OR CAN'T FIND WHAT YOU NEED, PLEASE EMAIL THE PRESBYTERY AT office@ptcaweb.org -- THANK YOU! 

FOR MAY 11, 2021 PRESBYTERY MEETING

Packet and Exhibits will be added daily through May 7.

MAIN Packet for May 11, 2021

LINK to the Chain of Lakes Development packet

LINK to the Grace-Trinity Development packet

LINK to the Plymouth Development packet


 

PRESBYTERY PACKET FOR STATED MEETING ON FEB. 6, 2021

STATED MEETING MINUTES FOR OCT. 2 & 3 2020

OCTOBER 2020 STATED MEETING FILE LINK: OMNIBUS MOTION/CONSENT AGENDA 

OCTOBER 2020 STATED MEETING FILE LINK: PRESBYTERY PACKET

AGENDA Q & A DOCUMENT

ROBERT'S RULES FOR VIRTUAL MEETINGS

ZOOM TIPS AND LINKS  

 
 

QUESTIONS/PRACTICES to CONSIDER BEFORE RESUMING IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES- LINKS

 

WORSHIP & CHURCH ACTIVITIES

One Great Hour of Sharing

We stand today facing the most chaotic time in a generation or more: a isolating health crisis that is forcing us to disconnect with others; to not gather in our churches; to suspend most hands-on love and care. In short, to set aside, for the moment, those practices that make us most human.

Sunday worship is one of those times from which most of us, temporarily, will disconnect in person.  If you need a community with whom to worship online on Sunday, we invite you to join one of these (listed by city location):


 **PLEASE NOTE**  To contact committee chairs or submit documents for committees, please email office@ptcaweb.org or contact the chair directly. Thank you.